After enjoying so much time in your backyard this past summer, now is the time to get your outdoor patio ready for the cold weather ahead. Before it starts to rain and snow, it’s important to spend a few hours winterizing your patio to protect it from the harsh winter elements to ensure it remains in good condition until spring. That’s why the Boise contractor at Pacific Home & Patio would like to provide you with the following guide to winterizing your outdoor patio.
Take the time to clean your patio and outdoor furniture before winter. Wash all fabrics with soap and water and scrub to remove any stains. Next, allow them to air dry in the sun before storing to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Also, clean out any flower pots and additional outdoor décor. Once your patio is cleared off, sweep its surface using a broom to remove any debris. Last but not least, you can use a pressure washer to clean any difficult areas. Doing the things listed above will help prevent stains and the premature decomposition of your outdoor patio materials.
The best way to protect your outdoor furniture, umbrellas, cushions, BBQ’s and hammocks is to clean and store these items for winter in a garage, shed, or basement. This will prevent any damage or rust from forming. If possible, make sure these items are stored in a dry place during the winter. If you can’t, cover them with a waterproof tarp to prevent the growth of mold and mildew and tie it tightly around each item.
Take the time to clean your gutters and downspouts of any leaves and built-up debris so they won’t overflow onto your patio when it’s raining, or the snow melts. This will also protect the roof of your patio from water backing up, causing moisture and structural-related damage in the process.
Repair & Maintain
Since the winter weather can wreak havoc on your outdoor patio surfaces, take the time to repair any issues to help it withstand the winter. These include repairing or replacing any:
- Chips and cracks
- Broken stones or pavers
- Rotting Boards
- Loose screws
- Loose railings
- Peeling areas
- Broken stairs
Once you’ve cleaned and repaired your outdoor patio, take the time to seal or stain it to protect it throughout the winter. When the weather is dry, you can do this by applying a water-repellant wood stain or sealer so that it will have enough time to set before it rains.
Enclose the Area
Consider enclosing your outdoor patio with retractable shade screens to help protect it from the elements. At Pacific Home & Patio, our retractable shade screens cover spaces up to 12 feet wide and 14 feet high. You can also choose either retractable or fixed screens, depending on your preferences and lifestyle. To pull the retractable shade screens down, you have the option of using a motorized or a crank system. There are many reasons to invest in retractable shade screens.
Pacific Home & Patio
Winter weather can take a toll on your outdoor patio area. That’s why it’s important to follow these tips to ensure it’s ready for the cold months ahead, so it’s ready to use once spring finally arrives again. Want more information or help getting started on a new project? Contact the Boise contractor at Pacific Home & Patio by filling out our online form or give our Treasure Valley office a call at (208) 376-0000 to request a free quote.